What are the grounds for divorce in Illinois?

On Behalf of | Nov 16, 2013 | Uncategorized

Deciding to file for divorce can be a difficult and emotional decision to make. Many people struggle with the thought of ending their marriage, worrying about the impact it will have on their current lifestyle as well as how it will affect their children.

Divorce is never easy, and many people debate getting divorced every year in Illinois. If you are contemplating divorce, know that you are not alone. The divorce process can be difficult to understand, but understanding the grounds for divorce can help you make the best decision for yourself and your family. 

Individuals filing for divorce in Illinois have to show a reason for the divorce. Because Illinois is a “fault” state, spouses should understand the different grounds for divorce because they will have to prove certain grounds before they can get divorced in the state. 

There are many different reasons for divorce. Irreconcilable differences is the most common reason for divorce. Spouses should know that if they claim irreconcilable differences on their divorce filing, they will have to live apart for two years or more before the divorce. Many spouses agree to sign a waiver of the two year period to speed up the divorce process. 

Irreconcilable differences is a very common reason in divorce cases, but there are many other reasons to file for divorce. What are other valid grounds for divorce in Illinois? Other valid reasons include adultery, mental or physical abuse, venereal diseases, felony criminal convictions, suicide risk and long-term drug or alcohol abuse. 

The grounds for divorce may affect child custody and property division agreement in some cases. If you are considering filing for divorce and want more information about the grounds for divorce in Illinois, it may be best to consult a divorce attorney for general information and advice for you specific case.


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